Week 3 January 2011:   Rain = 20 millimetres

This week we collected ripe seed pods from our Acacia cheelii tree. This specimen is at least 15 years old and this is the first time that seeds have been produced. The tree flowers prolifically every year but pods have not developed. Friends in Tamworth have the same problem with their Acacia cheelii.

On the other hand our Acacia diphylla trees produce large quantities of seed annually. This week we startled a Bronzewing Pigeon beneath one of our trees. The pigeon was probably feeding on the fallen seeds.

Harvested some strawberries from one of our vegetable rings this week. We have strawberries and rhubarb growing in this ring. We harvest copious quantities of fruits and stalks from this ring.

Planting proceeded apace this week with 43 plants going into our latest garden. As well as planting we found time to do some mowing.

Potted on a number of struck cuttings early in the week including Thryptomene calycina, the Grampians Thryptomene and Dodonaea boroniifolia. This latter species occurs locally. The female plants produce brilliant red seed capsules. The genus is known collectively as Hop Bushes.

Another local species burst into bloom this week. Babingtonia crassa comes from the gorge country east of Armidale and has pendulous branches with white, Teatree-like flowers. We should say this used to be Babingtonia but is now Sannatha crassa. We find that it is almost impossible to keep up with the proliferation of botanical name changes.

New on the Site: Drymophila moorei, Gingidia montana, Kardomia odontocalyx and Melaleuca decora.


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